Hollywood blockbusters are now regularly using Christian music. We list 40 films.
Sometimes it's films with an overtly Christian theme - like the recent surprise US smash The Gospel or the CS Lewis classic now a Hollywood blockbuster The Chronicles Of Narnia; sometimes it's a piece of frothy Hollywood entertainment which surprisingly highlights a CCM song on its soundtrack - like Bethany Dillon's "Dreamer" used in The Dreamer movie; or seemingly every silver screen producer giving plugs to Sixpence's "Kiss Me". One thing is certain though, Hollywood has taken to Christian music big time. To show you just how large the phenomenon has now become, Cross Rhythms has compiled a list of 40 Hollywood films - good and bad - which have turned to the music of Christians for some or all of their musical content.
The Harrison Ford movie features a scene in a Pentecostal church where the congregation is singing "Jesus, Friend Of Singers" by British praise man Paul Oakley.
WALK THE LINE
The Johnny Cash bio pic is in itself a spiritual feast as it tells the story up to conversion of the Man in Black. One special treat is "I Was There When It Happened", a gospel classic originally written and recorded by Fern Jones.
YOURS, MINE AND OURS
In this family comedy there is a party scene where the Canadian punk band Hawk Nelson are playing.
THE SECOND CHANCE
Michael W Smith's debut as a big screen actor with a music soundtrack featuring Smith, Andrae Crouch, Jars Of Clay, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Reuben Studdard, Fred Hammond and J Moss.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
The "Inspired By" soundtrack features original songs by Christian artists Jeremy Camp, Bethany Dillon, TobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jars Of Clay and David Crowder Band.
Bethany Dillon's song "Dreamer" is featured on the film's soundtrack and during the closing credits.
Soundtrack features Switchfoot's "Sooner Or Later".
On-screen musical appearances by Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond and Martha Munizzi.
TobyMac's "The Slam" featured in the film's trailer.
XXX: STATE OF THE UNION
Soundtrack features P.O.D.'s "Payback (Live)".